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Bresha Meadows Becomes First Of Few To Be Released From Arrest Endemic

Bresha Meadows will walk free.

Bresha Meadows will walk free. The 16-year-old who allegedly murdered her father after years of abuse had two years of her life taken from her, though she was the true victim. However unfortunate, the initial outcome was not altogether unexpected. But the teen is set to be released with two years of parole which many hope will not obstruct the rest of her teen development.

In August of 2016, 14-year-old Bresha was charged with allegedly having murdered her abusive father, Jonathan Meadows. The teen pleaded, “not true,” the juvenile equivalent of “not guilty.” But in the background, the teen’s mother, Brandi Meadows, called her a “hero” for doing what she never could after enduring years of verbal and physical abuse.

In 2011, Meadows’ mother filed a civil violence protection order, elaborating the nature of the marriage. “In the 17 years of our marriage, he has cut me, broke my ribs, fingers, the blood vessels in my hand, my mouth, blackened my eyes. I believe my nose was broken. If he finds us, I am 100 percent sure he will kill me and the children,” she wrote, according to HuffPost. Unfortunately, Brandi decided to pardon the protection order and settle for reconciliation with her husband which is not uncommon in these situations.

For another five years, the abuse continued until Meadows, who was diagnosed with PTSD, essentially saved them.

Meadows was said to have walked in on her sleeping father and murdered him with a .45 caliber, semi-automatic handgun on July 28, 2016. She’d run away from home two months prior, telling relatives that she was afraid. At her trial on August 30, 2016, Meadows' attorney, Ian Friedman, declared that she “lived in a perpetual state of fear, spending most of her time in her bedroom to escape the violence.” Friedman posited that the gun used to kill Jonathan Meadows was the same one that he threatened his family with.

All of the signs pointed to self-defense after relatives of the accused came forth and described her father as physically and verbally abusive, and controlling. But it was disregarded. For the next two years, Meadows would be bounced around from facility to facility.

Meadows spent ten months in Trumbull County Juvenile Detention Center in Ohio before pleading guilty as a part of a plea deal. She was then sentenced to another two months in a juvenile detention center before spending six months in a mental facility, Jezebel reports.

Meadows' release is a rarity but the narrative prior to it is not uncommon. Domestic abuse victims, particularly black women, are disproportionately imprisoned in situations like this one. In the case of Marissa Alexander of Florida, who was practically imprisoned for six years for firing a warning shot at her abusive husband, the state’s Stand Your Ground law was unevenly distributed.

Jezebel points to an ACLU statistic which observed that black women were 2.5 times more likely than white women to be incarcerated in 2004. Additionally, women of color who are victims of abuse have a higher chance of being processed by the criminal justice system and labeled as criminals than their white female counterparts.

Meadows' release is an unexpected but eminent turn, one that sets a standard for something better to look forward to.

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In 2018, West used various platforms from TMZ to his personal Twitter account to express his controversial and political standing as it relates to his support of Trump. While he caught flack for it, West told Letterman that everyone should have the right to stand tall in their beliefs.

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Solange's Performance Piece 'Witness!' To Premiere In September

Solange is the composer and director of a special performance piece titled "Witness!" The piece will be performed on September 17 at Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, Germany.

"So excited to announce “Witness!” a special performance piece composed and directed by myself at the phenomenal @elbphilharmonie (photo’d here:)," she wrote on Instagram to accompany a photo of the event flyer, which features the picturesque venue. Tickets for the performance go on sale on May 31.

The Houston native is no stranger to elaborate stage productions and intricate, detail-driven performances. She's performed in places such as the Guggenheim and Marfa's Chinati Foundation, so we're sure "Witness!" will be one to remember.

Earlier this year, Solange dropped her performance slot at the Coachella Music and Arts Festival, citing "major production delays" as the cause for cancellation. "She sends her sincerest apologies, and looks forward to performing at Coachella in the future," the official Coachella Twitter page read.

The performance coincides with the release of her latest studio-album, When I Get Home. Check out her announcement below.

 

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so excited to announce “Witness!” a special performance piece composed and directed by myself at the phenomenal @elbphilharmonie (photo’d here:) tickets on sale friday may 31 🖤!

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